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Masters of Canadian Jewellery Design

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Chris


Cora Golden's latest book may not be home decor but it's definitely concerned with Canadian design. The co-author of Design in Canada has turned her attention to master Canadian jewellers in this stunning new e-book, which includes over 220 photographs of remarkable, rarely seen jewellery created between 1950 and 2000. Volume I (of a two-volume series) profiles 25 master Canadian designers and ateliers, and includes photographs of jewellery that has won awards, been collected by museums, or designed for celebrities ranging from Princess Diana to Pope John II.

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If styleNorth was a book . . .

Sunday, February 3, 2013 by Chris


. . . what kind of book would/should it be? I've been approached by a publisher interested in extending/expanding the life of the content herein and I would love your help in honing the idea. Tell me, dear readers, how should I approach this proposal?

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Eames: Beautiful Details

Monday, December 3, 2012 by Chris


I opened my email this morning to find a PR missive from Ammo Books touting two new titles hot off the press for Christmas gifting. Anyone who knows styleNorth knows I have a dangerous attraction to design books but the Ammo message included links to the ebooks, which was my first experience of sampling a book this way. Suddenly the attractions of the iPad make sense to me; I enjoyed the whole book cover to cover on my laptop and it was very pleasant indeed.

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Big, Beautiful Bolsters

Monday, June 6, 2011 by Chris


My latest designer crush is Baltimore-based Mona Hajj, whose first book, the sumptuous Interior Visions, was recently issued by The Monacelli Press. There's so many things I love about Hajj's work; her deft blending of traditional furnishings with rich, exotic textiles, her taste for cream and claret tones, and most of all, her consistent use of big, beautiful bolsters. Whether in serene bedrooms or calm, comfortable lounges, Hajj punches up her vignettes with lavish bolsters that manage to steal the thunder from some pretty impressive furnishings. It's a neat trick that amateur decorators can easily appropriate.

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Waddington’s Reference Book Sale

Saturday, March 12, 2011 by Chris


StyleNorth reader Alison wrote to me yesterday to let me know about an upcoming decorative arts reference book sale through Waddington's auctioneers. Some of you could probably care less but most home decor junkies are collectors of something, whether it's Chinese export porcelain, or Steuben glass, or Canadian art, or Irish silver . . . you get the idea. The Waddington's sale features reference book lots on these and myriad other specialty subjects, all estimated in the $50 - $100 range for anywhere from five to 15 volumes. The online sale starts March 21 and closes March 24 at 2 pm. Thanks for the head's up Alison!

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